Of all of the projects I've worked on for challenges and contests this month, so far my favorite has to be Marion's Eco Challenge for her Artsy Addict's group: create a project from entirely recycled materials. It was so much fun thinking of ways to use essentially what amounts to trash and hand make ALLLLLL of my embellishments! I got more use out of my Cuttlebug die cut machine than I have in a very long time!
I dug through the recycle bin in the garage and pulled out some fun items to use on this layout:
- Cardboard box
- Coors Light beer can (who knew they were this pretty pale teal color inside?!?!?)
- Tissue paper
- Packing peanuts
- Bubble wrap
- Denim from an old skirt I was planning to donate
- Plastic from a package of Prima flowers
- Paper backing from a Prima package
- Cork from a wine bottle
- Beer bottle cap (yes we have a lot of beer container remnants in our recycle bin)
|With the exception of the photos and coloring elements, everything on this project is hand made from recycled materials.|
- I cut a 12x12 piece of cardboard from a box.
- I peeled back some of the top paper layers of the bottom right hand corner to reveal the corrugated part underneath.
- I tore out 2 pages from a local newspaper that had text on it that I liked.
- I glimmer misted the pages in Patina to give them some shimmer.
- Once dry, I adhered the painted newspaper to the cardboard.
- I then painted the edges of the paper and cardboard with Tattered Rose crackle paint and rubbed around the edges with brown StazOn ink to give it a nice distressed look and to bring out the crackles in the paint.
- I selected the placement of my photos and created a border to anchor them. I used a strip of the cardboard and peeled off the paper to expose the corrugation.
- I rubbed the cardboard border with brown StazOn ink.
- I then cut a strip from a piece of tissue paper and glimmer misted it in Rose Tea.'
- Once dry, I created a ruffle from the tissue and adhered it to the cardboard strip.
- After gluing down the strip, I felt that it needed an anchor point of it's own so I took a bottle cap and asked my hubby to give it a few good smacks with a hammer to flatten it out a bit.